Special display of photographs at National Gallery of Ireland

Kim Haughton's photo of horses in a ghost estate
Kim Haughton, White Horses, 2020. Private Collection. © Kim Haughton

Reined In: Photographs from Irish Horse showcases work by four photographers

Opening this summer at the National Gallery of Ireland, Reined In: Photographs from Irish Horse is a chance to see works by renowned photographers Kim Haughton, Spencer Murphy, Perry Ogden and Laurence Riddell. Landmark exhibition Irish Horse was set to open earlier this year. Due to the Gallery’s closure in spring, the exhibition was unfortunately cancelled. Reined In: Photographs from Irish Horse showcases a selection of photographs that were due to be included in Irish Horse.

Brendan Rooney, curator of the exhibition, commented: “I am delighted, in light of the unavoidable cancellation of Irish Horse, that visitors to the Gallery will have the opportunity to enjoy these outstanding works, which would have been key to that exhibition.”

Reined In features a series of four photographs by Spencer Murphy of well-known jockeys Sir Anthony McCoy OBE, Barry Geraghty, Katie Walsh and Ruby Walsh. Murphy’s portrait of Katie Walsh won the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013. Three photographs from Perry Ogden’s Pony Kids, a picture documentary recording children living on the urban outskirts of Dublin and their horses and ponies, also feature in the display. White Horses is a photograph capturing a moment in time in Leitrim in 2011 by Kim Haughton. Laurence Riddell’s Provenance (II) draws inspiration from traditional equestrian imagery, examining the relationship between man and horse.

Also opening this summer, Shaw and the Gallery: A Priceless Education is a special display exploring the relationship between George Bernard Shaw and the National Gallery of Ireland. For those who cannot attend the Gallery in person, virtual tours of iconic spaces such as the Shaw Room and the Grand Gallery, as well as the exhibitions Irish Horse and Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored, can be explored from home.

Exhibition listing:
Reined In: Photographs from Irish Horse
20 July – 1 November 2020
Room 23, National Gallery of Ireland 
Free admission (no pre-booking required)

Visitor information:
No advance booking required. Entry via Merrion Square entrance only. Sanitising facilities at all entry points and throughout Gallery. Tours and audio guides are not available, but online versions of Gallery initiatives are available. Lifts available, but for single use or disability access only. Cloakrooms are closed.

About the National Gallery of Ireland:
The National Gallery of Ireland is one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions housing the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and an extensive Library & Archive. Entry to the collection is free for all to enjoy, learn and be inspired.

National Gallery at Home:
For those who are unable to visit the National Gallery of Ireland upon its reopening, there are many ways to engage with the national collection online. National Gallery at Home includes videos, Works of the Day, Mindfulness and Art, and at-home activities connected to the national collection. Virtual tours of iconic spaces such as the Shaw Room and the Grand Gallery, as well as exhibitions Irish Horse and Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored, can also be explored from home.

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